Ashtanga Yoga is one of the oldest documented and passed down traditions of yoga. Ashtanga translates to eight limbs, as referred to the classical eight limbed yoga path as described in the famous yoga sutras of Patanjali, the primary text of the science of classical yoga written between 400 and 200 B.C. by the great scholar and Indian Philosopher and spiritual leader Patanjali.
“Ashtanga yoga is a colorful tapestry in motion. It is a mandala of movement. In order to understand it, it must be viewed in its entirety rather than in a segmented form. Through regular practice you become familiar with the pattern inherent within Ashtanga. This system is designed to wean the practitioner from dependence upon any external stimulus. The practice becomes your personal guide and teacher. Yoga is a benevolent friend that is always there to greet us with a smile. Practice is a journey to our inner selves. “ -David Swenson
Yoga is more than a workout, it is a physical practice that stimulates and balances the energy in the body and activates and calms the mind. This practice is accessible to everybody from those recovering from physical ailments to the advanced sportsman. Ashtanga is practiced in the Mysore style, which leads to great independence in developing your personal practice and in a led class style to learn the rhythm of the flowing sequence and master the breath. Our classes at Ashtanga Yoga Northampton are always welcoming to beginners, I also offer private classes if that is a more comfortable start for you.
I am currently a yoga teacher at Ashtanga Yoga in Northampton MA. I would love for you to come to one of my classes to learn basic to advanced yoga techniques. For more information about joining the Ashtanga community please contact me or follow the link to Ashtanga Yoga. http://www.ashtangayoganorthampton.com/
Below are some videos from our Ashtanga Northampton community website showing what it’s like in the Mysore room.